Later this week, my daughter will be traveling to Barcelona and Madrid for the first time. She hopes to visit the usual tourist haunts, including Antoni Gaudi-designed houses (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà or La Pedrera) and of course the work-in-progress UNESCO World Heritage site: La Sagrada Familia; Catedral de Barcelona, etc. I suggested Jordana "look up" at the architectural gems comprising the Barcelona skyline, as well as the artistic attention to detail lavished on many "ordinary" buildings. No doubt she will discover her own hidden gems.
A 19th-century zinc decorative weather vane on a grey, cloudy day.
A bird pauses on an ornate post.
Hand-cut stone and a door appliqued with bronze flowers.
A colourful mosaic above an entranceway.
Handcarved flowers enhance a building's exterior.
Similar carved flowers adorn this facade with Art Nouveau balcony grillwork.
Elaborate plaster carving, wrought-iron grillwork and antique azuelos give this building a striking appeal.